The idea was to serve some Christmas cake in a beer form, and though it doesn’t taste anything like a mouthful of plum cake, The Biere Club’s Christmas brew, which it is still serving, has spices such as nutmeg, candied orange peel, cloves, cinnamon and ginger, all the spices that traditionally go into a Christmas cake.
The brew is the Bangalore-based microbrewery’s effort to jump into the celebrations.
It will take a sensitive palate to taste the flavour of most spices, but the smell of cinnamon is significant.
The Biere Club’s Christmas brew.
The pub brewed 2,000 litres of the Christmas brew, introducing it on 15 December, and will continue to serve it till stocks last. The management says its novelty value has worked, with people ordering it out of sheer curiosity.They even serve it with a brandy flambé for those who want to go the whole hog
When operations manager Vishal Nagpal first came up with the idea, the pub’s brew master, Padmal, with 18 years of experience in brewing, was a bit nervous. “Such strong spices in a beer might not go down very well, I thought,” says Padmal. “I just wanted to make sure that the spice doesn’t overpower the brew.”
The Biere Club experiments with brews every month and tweaks a regular wheat beer or a stout with extra ingredients to make it more interesting. “For example, we added coriander to one batch last month, and it was a hit,” says Nagpal.
A 330ml mug of Christmas brew at The Biere Club, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore, is priced at Rs250.